A Better Wedding Band For Active Husbands: McWhinney Designs

Curator: Femme Den
date: May 23, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: active, Design, husbands, jewelry, lifestyle, men, wedding, wedding rings

Tech designer Jeff McWhinney wondered why women tend to wear their wedding bands more than men–and then set out to innovate in an area that hadn’t seen change in decades. He noticed that traditional men’s rings not only look boring, but are often impractical for bicycling, golfing, climbing, running or anything active. They’re simply too large, difficult to remove when playing sports and operating machinery, and lack the level of style we’ve come to expect in women’s jewelry. However, as McWhinney told Fast Company: “Guys don't want a blingy diamond on their ring. It's just not our thing. What we do want is something that is functional, well-made, and kinda trick so we can show it off to our buddies."

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Wearable Technology Made by Women for Women: MEMI Smart Bracelet

Curator: Femme Den
date: May 20, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: bracelet, Design, jewelry, smart, technology, wearables, women

MEMI is an iPhone-compatible smart bracelet that discretely vibrates when you receive important phone calls, text messages and calendar alerts. Intended for women with purse-bound phones, MEMI allows women to actually unplug while staying connected to the people that matter most. According to creator Leslie Pierson, MEMI isn’t trying to get women more plugged into their phones but instead, help them focus more on moments they care about while stripping away distraction. It’s about unplugging, just enough, while still having peace of mind that those who need you can still get through.

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Modernist Jewel: Betty Cooke

Curator: Karin Fong
date: March 11, 2013
Categories: Entertainment Design
Tags: jewelry
The class that I’d like to go back to school and take is sculpture. So many times, I find myself coveting objects that embody movement and playfulness—animated forms in waiting. Betty Cooke’s jewelry does just that. 
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